Archive for June, 2007

Published June 28th, 2007 by admin

Google Releases Desktop Search for Linux

Today Google announced the release of their desktop search engine “Google Desktop” for the Linux platform.

Ubuntu is fully supported.

Get it here:

Published June 21st, 2007 by admin

Free Ubuntu Usage Videos

If you are one of those people that learn by watching, I’ve got a deal for you!

Ubuntu Clips, a new found site by yours truly, takes a great approach to teaching new Ubuntu users the ins and outs of the Linux operating system.

If you are a recent Windows to Linux convert and want to get up and running fast, I highly recommend this site.

Head over and watch a video or two and increase your Ubuntu knowledge!

Published June 20th, 2007 by admin

How to Run Internet Explorer on Linux

If you have a website or two that doesn’t play nice with Firefox, all is not lost.

IEs 4 Linux offers a free solution to run IE 6 and releases before 6 with a simply install utilizing wine.

Their install instructions are for edgy but by changing the relevant code areas to feisty, it works just fine in the latest release of Ubuntu.

Head over to their site for detailed install instructions and happy surfing!

IEs for Linux

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Published June 18th, 2007 by admin

Adding Terminal Aliases to Ubuntu

If you spend any time at all in the terminal you will soon discover that re-typing common commands gets old very quickly.

Linux has come up with a great solution to an age old problem.

The alias command.

This command allows you to create an alias or shortcut if you will to calling a longer command.

Let’s say you vnc another machine a lot. That machine happens to not have a DNS host name associated with it. You are always trying to remember the IP of that machine so you can VNC it.

The command to VNC our imaginary machine goes something like this:

vncviewer admin@

That is a lot of typing for a common task.

Let’s simplify that. Type the following:

alias vncmybox=’
vncviewer admin@′

Now you have created your first alias. Anytime during the session you type vncmybox it will run the command we assigned to that alias.

Here is the catch, as soon as you close the terminal all is lost.

Let’s make this change permanent.

Go to you home folder and create a file named:


(This can also be done via the terminal like so:

touch ~/.bash_aliases

Then add the alias we created earlier on the first line of this text file as so: (Remember to open this file from your home folder you will have to show hidden files by pressing ctrl + h when in your home directory)

alias vncmybox=’vncviewer admin@′

Save the file and open the file named:


Find the section that is commented out (lines preceded with #’s) to looks like this:

if [ -f ~/.bash_aliases ]; then
    . ~/.bash_aliases

Uncomment those lines. Save and close and then open a new terminal window.

Now type:


It will list your aliases including the one we just added. Now you can go back and add other commonly used commands to your .bash_aliases file to ease your terminal tasks.

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